03 Woodward Fire Rescue
Dramatic video shows firefighters rescued from California wildfire
00:59 - Source: CNN
CNN  — 

The orange glow from wildfires in the evening sky is a new way of life in the Golden State.

A lightning siege of over 12,000 strikes in 10 days ignited over 600 wildfires. Two of which have exploded into two of the top three largest wildfires in California history.

More than 1 million acres have already burned. That is an area five times the size of New York City.

Vast forests of dead trees have become tinderboxes, the result of years of warming temperatures, droughts and beetle-infestations.

Daily, millions of people across the state wake up to red-flag warnings that signal conditions ripe for fire danger.